UN’s Bachelet to visit Brazil this week

BRASÍLIA, Brazil – The Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet, who is Chile’s former president, will pay a two-day visit to Brazil this week for talks with President Dilma Rousseff, the foreign ministry said.

Bachelet is due to arrive in the country on Dec. 14 and to confer with Rousseff the following day on Brazil’s gender equality policy as well as on the role of women in United Nations peacekeeping operations and in the armed forces, a ministry statement said.

Bachelet also was scheduled to speak at a national conference on policies toward women and to meet with ministers, lawmakers and representatives of civil society.

In Rio de Janeiro, Bachelet – the first executive director of the UN super-agency on women created last year – is to visit the Brazilian Peacekeeping Operations Joint Center and meet with Defense Minister Celso Amorim for talks on the theme “Women, Peace and Security.”

[AFP (Brazil), 12/12/2011; UPI.com (Brazil), 13/12/2011]

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